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Fear of excitement can lead to writer’s block

I can’t remember where I read this anecdote, but one blocked writer remembered that her father told her she was getting “too excited” as a child. She stuffed the feelings and developed headaches.

My story too.  My father told me just about every day that I was too excited, that I need to calm down. I have always assumed he was right and I was too excited and excitable and it was a major character flaw.  It also made me appear less manly, according to him.  (He also thought carrying an umbrella was effeminate. So when I got to campus the first two questions from my roommate were “where are the rest of your clothes?” and “where is your umbrella?” )

The therapist urged his client to enjoy the excitement.  I am going to try it.  I suspect it will also help me to have more energy.  I can stop apologizing for my energy and enthusiasm.

Accepting her own energy broke her block.  I think it will help my writing immensely?  How do you handle your excitement?

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